Category Archives for "Asia"

Apr 25

5 Of The Best Places To Eat In Hanoi

By Abi King | Asia

5 of the Best Places to Eat in Hanoi Hanoi packs a punch in a pretty small area when it comes to flavoursome food. Raucous street food eateries? Check. Refined, French-inspired delicacies? Check. Lakeside views, reminders of “that” war, and contemporary, charitable enterprises with an antipodean twist? Check, check, check. When I first got back, […]

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Feb 18

7 of the Best Things To Do in Jordan

By Abi King | Jordan

I’ve rounded up seven of the best things to do in Jordan for you, all tried and tested by me. Yes, I know I usually wax lyrical, bringing you poetry, interviews, dreams and more but I also know you’re busy. So here’s a shortcut to all that lyrical stuff, all nicely packaged up. Go live, […]

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Feb 15

Night Golf in Borneo

By Guest Writer | Malaysia

Today’s travel article comes from @Mrtravellab. My golf isn’t good enough to play at night. Or during the day, come to think of it…But, as one consultant surgeon I worked for used to say, “I can’t be the best at everything!” Bwaha! So, let’s talk about playing golf in Borneo. Beware! Crocodile Sightings in Ponds. I’d just […]

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Feb 01

All Men Dream But Not Equally Quotes from T. E. Lawrence in the Desert in Jordan

By Abi King | Inspire Me

All Men Dream But Not Equally Sand. There’s just something about it. Sure, we know it’s made from silicon dioxide, occasionally star-shaped, and results from a damn good ravaging from the weathers of geological time. Yet up close it’s boring; under our feet, it soothes or scorches. And when seen from a distance, it’s inspirationally, breathlessly mesmerising. […]

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Jan 29

The Oldest City in the World

By Abi King | Jordan

City Flavours Everywhere has them, I suppose. The naughty but nice hot streetside foods that define a city, to my tastebuds at least. In London, it’s roast chestnuts, steam smoking into the winter sky while amber embers blaze. In New York, it’s bagels, my first plaited bread sticks studded with cubic salt. Singapore surprised with the […]

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Jan 19

A Borneo Night Safari

By Abi King | Malaysia

Baby crocodiles and boats… It’s not every day you find a baby crocodile swishing through the water by your side. But it is something that happens every night, or thereabouts, on a safari from Borneo’s Sukau Rainforest Lodge. The boats are low, the passengers hushed. The air hangs cooler than it did in the day […]

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Dec 21

Feeling Alive in the Dead Sea

By Abi King | Jordan

The Dead Sea, Jordan Let’s face it, the Dead Sea has a depressing name. It also fizzes the synapses by sounding too much like Red Sea. Red Sea, Dead Sea. Red Sea. Dead Sea. Completely easy enough to tell apart until the in-the-moment talking about them both when white panic sets in. A similar thing happens […]

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Dec 09

Broken Pieces in Jordan

By Abi King | Jordan

“People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows overhead. “Because I’m a Christian,” he went on, “and am interested in political science. “And because I live in Madaba, Jordan – and because that’s in the Middle East.” Christianity in Jordan […]

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Nov 23

The Orangutans of Borneo Rainforest

By Abi King | Malaysia

The Borneo rainforest is one of the few places where orangutans live in the wild. Hanging with the King of the Swingers He loiters. He lurches. Legs bent squat and arms stretched wide, far so, ever so, ridiculously wide…he swings, then swivels, swings, then swivels. Front, back, front, back, lurch, linger, lurch linger like a […]

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Jul 16

The Flower Markets of Bangalore

By Abi King | Asia

Following the herd A cow wanders past the spices beneath glowing fluorescent sabres. I follow it through the shadows into the light. It stops, blocked by a staircase that overflows with tangerine petals, then turns as though lost in thought on a Sunday afternoon, and returns to the land of darting hands and looped jasmine. It’s […]

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Apr 27

Travel the Richest Country in the World: Brunei

By Abi King | Asia

Brunei: One of the Richest Countries in the World The floor creaked a little and the world around me seemed to sway. I heard laughter outside as two young men zoomed past, sending white frothy waves across the curiously subdued green water. Our host returned, laying out curled biscuits and soft squidgy treats on gold-flecked […]

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Dec 12

China Odyssey Tours in Review

By Abi King | Asia

Should you travel independently in China? Or is it worth booking a tour? That’s a big question when it comes to travel in China, and I’ve done it both ways now. In a way, it’s a question that arises every time you travel but China does present certain challenges that many other countries do not. […]

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Nov 14

The Reed Flute Caves, Guilin, China

By Abi King | Asia

Sometimes, it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. When it comes to caves, lights and 180 million years of geology, words dissolve in the presence of blues, reds and slippery illusion-like greens as they spill out of the stone and onto the screen. And so, I bring you through my own sweet photos: […]

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Jul 21

Sunscreen in Myanmar: Thanaka

By Abi King | Asia

In Myanmar/Burma, people use thanaka on their cheeks to stay beautiful and to protect against the powerful sun. I didn’t get to try it myself although I did spot some of the raw brown sticks bound together for sale at the market. Locals grind this bark into a buttercup yellow and white paste before smearing […]

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Jul 02

A Luxury Halong Bay Cruise

By Abi King | Asia

Halong Bay showcases the dual nature of travel today: the absolute thrill of finding an icon (in this case, the hazy outline of those towering limestone peaks) and the dismay that everybody and his dog found it first and that the overwhelming tourist machinery will crush the magic spell. The arrival on the departure pier […]

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May 31

Rangoon’s Roadside Markets

By Abi King | Asia

Sunlight shifts over gold, silver and sapphires in the ordered, sheltered aisles of the covered Bogyoke Market in Yangon/Rangoon. Fabric folds and hand carved fans scent the air with jasmine, bringing a sense of quiet and relative wealth. But that’s not the market I’m going to show you today in Rangoon. I’m going to show […]

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May 14

The Legends of Hanoi The story of Hoan Kiem Lake

By Abi King | Asia

Around the corner is the Old Quarter. Around the corner is the vision of Hanoi I expected to see: the fuel-filled crammed corners of Asia with chickens underfoot, wires overhead, clattering and chattering and shouting all around amid a cocktail of scooters, food stalls and silk embroidered cloth flowing at the edges of my vision. […]

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May 01

First Impressions of Burma / Myanmar

By Abi King | Asia

It was just before midnight. Our slow procession blinked past the checkpoint, wisps of hair clinging to my cheek, the only blonde ponytail in a sea of brown-black. London, where my passport finally found the visa for this country, lay beyond the reach of reality’s memory. We shuffled forwards. Burma – or Myanmar as the […]

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Dec 16

Paradise Resort in the Maldives Islands

By Abi King | Asia

Arriving in the Maldives Islands: Approaching the W Retreat & Spa It’s hard to imagine a better approach to a hotel then to skim and skip across the teardrop-shaped islets that rise up from the Indian Ocean around the Maldives Islands. As the sea-plane touched down, dancing spray against the windows, a man raced barefoot to open the […]

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